Expect blistering beats and burning fiddle tunes

Urban Folk Quartet
Urban Folk Quartet

Those of you who watch those great BBC4 music programmes that help save Friday nights from turning to drear, might have caught a session with Janis Ian, right, a couple of weeks back.

She was awesome then, and we reckon there will be more of the same on offer this evening, when she takes to The Stables stage.

More than 40 years have passed since she released her debut opus, but this folk supremo has lost none of her playability, nor her credibility.

Her material has been covered by artists including Nina Simone, Dusty Springfield and Joan Baez.

Hear the Grammy Award winner at play from 8pm.

Hot Club of Cowtown return on Friday night with Hot Jazz and Western Swing in abundance, or as The Independent say: “The Texas trio stand at the crossroads where country meets jazz and chases the blues away!”

All tickets to see Lesley Garrett, Emma Johnson and Andrew West at play have long sold-out, no surprises there, but you can still go catch the chap showing off his acoustic on the right.

Peter White is his name and working as a versatile, prolific acoustic guitarist on the jazz landscape is his game.

Caribbean roots music follows on Monday, in the company of Aurelio Martinez.

The RealWorld signing will bring African, Caribbean Indian and Latin influences to the new city.

His debut album, Laru Beya is out now.

The Lucinda Belle Orchestra are an interesting proposition, seeing as how the lady at the helm takes influence from Django Reinhardt to Michael McDonald and from Queen to Debussy....

Last up on the main stage this week are The Oysterband & June Tabor, with very limited tickets remaining.

On stage 2, Radio 4s Richard Herring presents his show What Is Love, Anyway? this evening, Americana and folk fusion Blueflint arrive on Saturday, and this lot on the left are Urban Folk Quartet who are great at delivering blistering beats, burning fiddle tunes and elements from all four corners of the globe.

They arrive on Sunday,

Call the box office on MK 280800.